Inverlorne House is more than just a heritage home, it houses a wealth of cultural significance and is now a popular destination for intimate live music.
Inverlorne is the stately house at the corner of Wellington and Stanley street in St. Thomas, across from the courthouse. Built in 1878, the large mansion was designed and constructed with an obvious nod to the Scottish Baronial revival neo-classical style and draws on other Victorian-era architectural approaches. The remarkable edifice features elaborate masonry with oak leaves and acorn motif, pillars, and peaked turrets.
*please note: Inverlorne is currently privately owned and is only open to the public for special live music occurrences. If you would like to keep in the loop about upcoming shows, contact their facebook page here.
Inverlorne received heritage designation under the Ontario Heritage Act in February 2014. The private residence’s designation means it is protected under Act. Any future construction or restoration projects must preserve the historical look and feel of the structure. The recognition isn’t meant to prevent change from happening but aims to regulate how changes will be made and what they will look like.
Receiving heritage designation involves:
Some other notable designated heritage properties in St. Thomas include the Old St. Thomas Church, CASO Station, and the Elgin County Courthouse.
More info: www.stthomas.ca/visiting_us/heritage_properties
This landmark at 1 Wellington Street was built by the educator, politician, and businessman, Archibald McLachlin, who immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1847. McLachlin was mayor of St. Thomas, a founder of Alma College and the publisher of the Canadian Home Journal. He was also involved in the development of the Canada Southern Railway.
The McLachlin house now boasts a metal marker to signify its contribution to the social, cultural and architectural heritage of St. Thomas.
Set in the library at Inverlorne is a unique live music venue for intimate and other-worldly shows. Join Railway City Tourism on May 18th 2019 for the After Dark: Inverlorne Edition.
Nathan Bishop MacDonald was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and is an eclectic singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. He performs traditional and contemporary folk music drawing on the Celtic roots of his native island and composes songs that mix folk with pop, roots rock, soul and blues.
Nathan was the primary songwriter in the popular Ottawa Celtic group, Celtae. His song Merchant Marine has been covered by many other acts and was used as the theme song for the CBC Radio documentary On Convoy. Nathan released an AAA/Rock album under his middle name entitled Nathan Bishop - Lovers, Leavers and Believers. The album reached number 15 on iTunes Canadian male singer/songwriter chart and his song, Without You, featured on that album was a finalist in the Americana category of the International Songwriting Competition.
In both his songwriting and in his performing, the London, Ontario-based award-winning solo artist Ben Heffernan displays a maturity well beyond his 18 years of age. Over the past four years, Heffernan has worked hard to hone his performance skills, playing over 150 shows around Canada, sharing the stage with artists such as Justin Nozuka and Donovan Woods. His second EP “Home” was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in September 2018. Heffernan then contributed a cover of Tom Petty's Angel Dream to the “Canada Covers Tom Petty” Spotify playlist, which featured artists such as Matt Mays, Terra Lightfoot, and Royal Wood.
live music after dark: inverlorne
Join us for this exclusive and intimate evening in the Library of Inverlorne House. Take in live music from these talented artists starting at 7:00pm, tickets price includes entry and appetizers.
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